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iPad Resources: App of the Week

App of the Week - Week of June 3rd

iTunes U  Take college level courses for free and on your own time!


What it is:
  • iTunes U is a collection of free college courses posted online by Universities around the world. Subscribe to a course and receive lectures and class materials in video, audio and print formats.


Ways to use it:
  • Learn a language

  • Take a course on a topic that interests you

  • Use a K-12 level course with your students

  • Course Examples: Corporate Finance (NYU), European Civilization (Yale), 2nd Grade Fossils Tell of Long Ago (Boyne City Public Schools), Spanish 101 (Central Pennsylvania’s Community College)


The Basics:
  1. Search for the topic that interests you

  2. Select your course

  3. Select “Subscribe”

  4. Select “Get Course”

  5. Your course will be displayed on your iTunes U bookshelf. Select your course.

  6. A list of activities will be displayed. Select an activity to begin.


Extra Tips:
  • Look into creating your own iTunes U course!


iTunes U Resource Links:

App of the Week - Week of May 28th

WiFi Photo Transfer Release your videos!


What it is:

  • WiFi Photo Transfer allows you to transfer your photo and video files to a computer by assigning them to a web address.  Open the webpage on a laptop or another iPad (you must be connected to the same WiFi with both devices) and download your files.

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App of the Week - Week of May 20th

PocketCloud Access your computer remotely with your iPad

What it is:
  • PocketCloud allows you to take over your computer with your iPad.


Ways to Use it in Class
  • Monitor behavior: Instead of staying in the front of the room, teach your lesson while walking around!

  • Address questions: Often students bring up great questions you’d like to address with the entire class, now you can address the questions without having to walk away from the students who asked them.

  • And many more! Have another idea? Please share and I’ll add it to this page.

App of the Week - Week of May 13th

AirSketch Free Use your iPad to write on your whiteboard!


What it is:
  • AirSketch is a whiteboard surface that displays both on your iPad and online. Open the web address provided on your PC and project! You can now manipulate your “whiteboard” from the back of the room.

Sources:
  • Special thanks to Katie Wilkin for sharing this app!

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App of the Week - Week of May 6th

Messages How to disable it.


Thanks to recent iOS updates, you can finally disable the Messages App!

Sources:

Special thanks to Chris Boettcher for sharing this awesome website!

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App of the Week - Week of April 29th

YouTube Capture Instantly upload to YouTube



What it is:

  • Videos filmed within this app can be instantly uploaded to YouTube (you have the option to change your privacy settings before each upload).


BEWARE! YouTube videos default to public! So avoid loading videos of students unless you triple check the privacy settings!

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App of the Week - Week of April 22

123D Catch Create a “virtual tour” of an object or space


What it is:

  • With 123D Catch, you take many pictures of an object or place from multiple angles and the app will stitch the images together into a 3D virtual tour


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App of the Week - Week of April 15th

Gooru Collections


 
 
 
What it is:
A collection of educational resources for math, science and social studies. Each category of resources includes an objective and reliable online resources including videos, websites and files such as lesson plans that are presented in a slideshow format.
 

App of the Week - Week of April 8th

uSpeak Learn Spanish vocab by playing thought-provoking games



What it is:
A free app for English speakers who are learning Spanish (there is also a uSpeak app for Spanish speakers who are learning English). The app begins by having the user create an account and then testing the user on their Spanish vocab skills. As the user plays the vocabulary games provided, the app continually tracks their ability level and chooses vocabulary accordingly.
 

App of the Week - Week of April 1st

General Settings Settings that will change everything!


 


Setting 1: Use Text to Speech online

Setting 2: Lock the iPad on a single app!

 

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App of the Week - Week of March 18th

Real Sticky Environmentally friendly sticky notes!




There are many, many sticky note apps, however, after reviewing them, I think this is the most versatile of the free apps.


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App of the Week - Week of March 11th

Video Star Create your own music video (Free!)


  

Ideas for how to use Video Star in your class:

  • Music - Students create a song in Garageband, export to iTunes and create a video in Video Star
  • Language Arts - Write a song or rap and add music to it
  • Science - Write a song or rap about how a process works, demonstrate it through a music video
  • Social Studies - Change the words of a song for a history context (example: http://goo.gl/BsYfc )


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App of the Week - Week of March 4th

Math Apps




4 Dice & 5 Dice
$1.99 & Free

Sushi Monster
Free

Marble Math
$1.99

Fetch! Lunch Rush
Free

Free Graphing Calculator
Free

Battle Times HD
Free

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App of the Week - Week of Feb 25th

Language Arts Apps



Brainstormer
$1.99

Book Creator
$4.99

Little Story Maker
Free

Shakespeare by Readdle
Free

Vocabulary and Spelling City
Free

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App of the Week - Week of Feb 18th

Science Apps


 
 
HudsonAlpha iCell
Free

Periodic Table Project
Free

Virtual Cell Animations
Free

Virtual Heart
Free

Germ Blaster
Free

Spacecraft 3D
Free

App of the Week - Week of Feb 11th

Social Studies Apps


 

 

European Exploration
Free

Oregon Trail
$0.99

The Revolution: Interactive Guide
Free

GeoMaster Plus (Free)
Free

Mission US: Think Fast! About the Past
Free

Tiny Countries for iPad
Free


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App of the Week - Week of Feb 4th

VoiceThread Conversations in the Cloud.

 
What it is:
  • VoiceThread easily creates picture slideshows that can include text, voiceover, and video.
 

App of the Week- Week of January 28th

Topic Specific Apps Science & Social Studies


 

Night Sky

  • Great for a unit on Space!

What it is:

  • Hold the iPad up to the sky, to the side, or even down, to see the stars and constellations that would be visible in the direction you are holding your iPad.

i-MiBAC Voyager HD

  • Great for a unit on Roman History or Roman mythology!

What it is:

  • Use your iPad to navigate through a fully 3D Roman Forum as it existed 2,000 years ago.

 

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App of the Week - Week of January 21st

Sock Puppets Create your own lip-synched videos


What it is:

  • A quick and easy way to create a fun, cute and fully digital puppet show!


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App of the Week - Week of January 14

Nearpod An all-in-one solution for synchronizing iPads.



What it is:

  • Teachers share their Nearpod presentations and assessments in real time with up to 30 student devices.

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App of the Week - Week of January 7

Socrative As easy as raising your hand.


What is it?
A student response system. You ask a question and all of your students can immediately respond via the student version of the app and you will receive their responses in your teacher version of the app.

Ways to use this in your class:

  • As a warm up
  • As an exit ticket
  • As a way to measure student understanding
  • As a way to ensure student engagement

 

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App of the Week - Week of December 17

SnapGuide “How to” instructions in a snap!
What is it?
SnapGuide creates “how to” guides in a powerpoint-like format, allowing users to take pictures and videos that are inserted directly into their slides.

Ways to use SnapGuide in your class:
  • Social Studies: “How to” fight a revolution, build a longhouse, dress like a civil war soldier, etc.
  • Language Arts: “How to” respond to a bully, defend human rights, etc. (Go with the topic of your book)
  • Science: “How to” dissect an animal, pollinate fruit, etc.
  • Math: “How to” find the area of a building, do long division, etc.
  • ELL & Special Ed: Concepts can be easily communicated through pictures, so projects can be completed with limited English and writing proficiency.
  • And many, many more! Have an idea? Please share and I’ll add it to this page!


 

App of the Week - Week of Dec 10

Google Earth Explore the World.
Ways to use Google Earth in your class:
  • Language Arts - Explore the area your students are reading about
  • Science - Zoom in on the Amazon Rainforest or the Great Barrier Reef (there will be pictures that have been uploaded to the exact locations
  • Social Studies - Explore the area your students are learning about
  • Math - Do real world math, figure out the area for the Gaza Pyramids, then visit them!
  • And many, many more! Have an idea? Please share and I’ll add it to this page!

App of the Week - Week of Dec 3rd

Evernote Remember everything.



What is Evernote?
Evernote is similar to Pinterest in that it allows you to bookmark pages and save your bookmarks to an online database. However, Evernote also lets you save documents, images, notes, audio notes, and Skitches - all in one centralized location.

Ways to use Evernote in your class:
(Ideas shared by Sherman Staff)

  • Send notes from class to students who were absent.
  • Take pictures of student work and save them to Evernote so the originals can be returned.
  • Take notes on individual students on an IEP Caseload to consolidate records.
  • Store notes from meetings.
  • Link websites/pictures from websites that may be of future use.
  • Organize your lesson plans by subject/week/etc.
  • Have students take notes and save them in a personal Evernote account.
  • And many, many more! Have an idea? Please share and I’ll add it to this page!


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App of the Week - Week of Nov 26th

Educational Videos Apps with videos


Apps with Educational Videos:


TED Talks - Ideas worth spreading
Khan Academy
Science 360
ShowMe - Videos created by teachers

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App of the Week - Week of Nov 19th

Video Tips Tips for editing and sharing videos

Apps on your iPad that work with videos and their sharing options
  • Photo (Comes pre-loaded on all iPads)
    • App for viewing photos and videos
  • iPhoto $4.99 (Is already on all iPads purchased this year)
    • App for editing photos
  • iMovie $4.99 (Is already on all iPads purchased this year)
    • App for editing videos

Sharing:
  • Emailing videos
  • Transferring videos to a different device
    • Email
    • Use the cord
    • **Dropbox (Best option for iPad to iPad)
  • Loading videos to the internet
    • YouTube
    • **Vimeo (Best option)


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App of the Week - Week of Nov 12th

ShowMe Create beautiful tutorials with the tap of your finger



Ways to use ShowMe in your class:

  • Demonstrate a math problem
  • Take a screenshot of a webpage or document and annotate in ShowMe
  • Annotate a map for Social Studies
  • Have students use it to do a presentation instead of powerpoint
  • Create a diagram
  • Use ShowMe for a lesson? Tell me about it and I’ll share it on this page!


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App of the Week - Week of Nov 5th

Dragon Dictation Writes while you speak.



Ways to use Dragon Dictation in your class:

  • For students with disabilities.
  • For a slow typer who needs to complete their work quickly and independently.
  • To record what you say in class for a student to read later (after a quick test, D.D. records well up to 3ft away.)
  • Have students record their small group discussion.
  • Record students reading aloud.
  • Try using with ELL students - it dictates in many different languages.
  • Use Dragon Dictation for a lesson? Tell me about it and I’ll share it on this page!

 

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App of the Week - Week of Oct 29th

StoryLines A game of ‘telephone’ with pictures!


Ways to use StoryLines in your class:

  • Practice vocabulary for any content area
  • Creative writing: Write a sentence based on the picture you see to create a fun story.
  • Use StoryLines for a lesson? Tell me about it and I’ll share it on this page!


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App of the Week - Week of Oct 22nd

Skitch Annotate, edit and share your screenshots and images - fast.
Ways to use Skitch in your class:
(Ideas shared by Sherman Staff)
  • Language Arts - Peer edit documents
  • Science - Diagramming, showing cycles (i.e. water cycle, weather movement, patterns)
  • Social Studies - Annotated country report (have kids place facts around cities)
  • Math - Photograph a shape and demonstrate how to find its area
  • And many, many more! Have an idea? Please share and I’ll add it to this page!

 

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App of the Week - Week of Oct 15th

Reflection/MeetingBurner
iPad and computer screen sharing software.

Ways to use these apps in your class:

Reflection
  • Wireless way to project your iPad screen
    •   Reflection mirrors your iPad screen onto your desktop. You will project from your desktop just like you always do, but the projected image will be whatever you're doing on your iPad

MeetingBurner

  • Mirror your computer screen onto your iPad or share with colleagues’ computers. Also chat via webcam.

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App of the Week - Week of Oct 8th

iMovie Movie editing software.
Ways to use iMovie in your class:
  • Create a trailer (Super easy! Very do-able in one to two class periods! Everything is pre-formated)
  • Create a short film (Allow two days to a week depending on how involved the assignment is)
    • For a book
    • For a movie on a historical event
    • Use clips from gym class to make it look like the trailer for an action movie
    • To demonstrate how to use a math equation in real life
    • To demonstrate a science experiment
    • Etc, etc, etc!

App of the Week - Week of Oct 1st

GarageBand Music editing software

How to use GarageBand in your classroom:

  • Create a song or rap to demonstrate learning.
  • Create a radio advertisement
  • Put a poem or a passage from a book to music.
  • Other ideas? Please share and I’ll add them to this site!

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